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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing (25 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793585031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793585038
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 songs, all in C, with easy chords and large print
Your First Fake Book is a collection of 102 well loved popular, jazz and rock songs, in a format made eminently playable for the beginning music student. Each song has the melody notes (piano right hand) plus chord symbols showing how to improvise or "fake" an accompaniment. Fake books have been available commercially for about a decade. Although there are now many fake books on the market, some containing as many as 1200 songs, most are still geared to experienced players. The print is usually small, rhythms complex, and the use of many different keys requires substantial knowledge of music theory and reading. In Your First Fake Book, special care has been taken to make playing as easy as possible. Melodies have been simplified, the number of chords needed has been reduced to a minimum, and rhythms have been reduced to what anyone with a few months of study will know. The print is large, and the songs are laid out to emphasize their simplicity. Despite its simplicity, the look and feel of the book is completely adult, in contrast to the many "easy play" and "big note" editions that are geared to children.

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This turned out to be an absolute beginners book (easy to read the chords) with the chords simplified to their basics. A nice selection of tunes but the harmonies lacked depth due to the absolute simplification. Spiral binding woiuld have made it easier to use. I haver given my copy away to a friend who leads a Ukilele Band.
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As are all music fake books, Brilliant.
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HASH(0x8e47fba0) out of 5 stars some unintended "ouches" 28 Aug. 2002
By Karen Sampson Hudson - Published on
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I'm a piano teacher who has used this book extensively with my students, and we appreciate being able to play (and in many cases, sight-read) popular songs and jazz-piano standards in the key of C. The book will help to give early-intermediate students confidence and will build their repertoire.
That said, some of the chords are overly simplified and produce some real clunking harmonies. You will find yourself altering some of the basic chords in order to get the sound you want. For example, "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" features a C chord several times going against a melody F. For some students, I have to tell them to play a C only in the left hand, not the full chord. For more advanced students, we change the C chord to a D diminished, which leads into a discussion of the use of diminished chords.
With these reservations, I still highly recommend this book since you or your students will find many songs that are easily played and enjoyed.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e47fdec) out of 5 stars Easy Piano Playing 27 July 2005
By Fred A. Skiotis - Published on
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For a Piano Playing Wanna Be, this book is terrific. Very much like "The Easy Fake Book", which I also have. Both books are in the key of "C" and use only ten or less different chords in each song. In order to get the most from these books, I suggest you start with Scott Houston's book, "Play Piano in a Flash". It really shows the way to great, self entertainment. At age 77, I am doing it and I know, you can too.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e482048) out of 5 stars It will give you the hang of faking. 27 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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Your First Fake Book is great for those who want to use it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. However, I found that in an attempt to simplify everything so the novice can play it some of the songs had some chords in them that made them sound really horrible.
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HASH(0x8e4822f4) out of 5 stars Only if you are a raw beginner 29 Mar. 2004
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To make this easy they have made some compromises in the chords they use. The print is large and easy to read, but you may have to turn pages. I am no music theorist but I found the G7 chord with the C note not pleasing in the key of C. This occurs often. I found F7 better with C. The Easy Fake Book makes some of the same compromises but seems better. In addition it provides an introduction to each song. I use the Ultimate Fake Book when I want to learn, the Easy Fake Book when I play for relaxation, and the First Fake Book seldom.
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HASH(0x8e4820fc) out of 5 stars Really Gets Beginners Going on the Path of the Fun of Fakin' 3 May 2005
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I'm a piano/keyboard coach that teaches my mostly older adult students the joy of Fake Book playing---something I've enjoyed immensely since the mid 80's. I have quite a collection of Fake Books myself and used to discourage my students from purchasing the "Easy" series type books. A couple of months ago I borrowed this book from one of my students and after playing a few songs, found them to be not bad at all! I actually had fun playing them. Any experienced player can easily modify the chords if you find them too simple and starting players can really enjoy "early success" with these while later moving on to the "Real" or "Ultimate" variety. Plus, once they learn a song, I can teach them to add a few passing or modified chords here and there to enhance their experience! I now heartily recommend them (the "Easy series) to my students as great starter books to ease their transition into the regular ones.
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